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Newcastle get Shakthar striker on loan, per reports

The Toon have continued to bolster their attack, getting Facundo Ferreyra on loan with an option to buy from Shakthar.


Newcastle United have added striker Facundo Ferreyra on a year-long loan, according to The Shields-Gazette, among others. Ferreyra, who scored 6 goals in 13 league matches for Shakhtar Donetsk last season, reportedly wanted to avoid returning to the Ukraine because of current events in the region, precipitating the move to Tyneside. The move cost the club £1.6 million, and they have a £6.4 million option to buy at the end of the year.

The 23 year-old has also played for Banfield and Velez Sarsfield in his homeland of Argentina, and 2012-13 (with Sarsfield) was a breakout year for him, as he scored 17 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions. He's a large player with plenty of pace and good decision-making skills, according to reports from Argentina. For some reason, he's nicknamed Chucky.

The Chronicle fleshed out in a bit more detail his decision not to return to Ukraine, and within the article, Lee Ryder suggests that Newcastle aren't finished in the transfer window, despite Ferreyra marking the seventh capture of the summer. A defender, forward, and young goalkeeper (!) are among Charnley's targets. The Toon are still heavily linked with Loic Remy, whose move to Liverpool was canceled after he failed a medical.